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Exploring Paris

Paris, IDF, France
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Today I explored two areas of Paris which were very new to me -- the 2nd and 9th Arrondissements. I started my day off by walking to Rue Montorgueil from my flat in the Marais. Rue Montorgueil is an adorable little pedestrian street lined with amazing specialty food shops -- cheese, pastries, bakeries, butchers {even one with a dead rabbit lying in the front window...tres triste}. However, the walk to the Rue was through a bit of a seedy area, and I was actually yelled at and chased by a mentally unstable elderly woman {I started screaming random French words at her, and eventually she left me alone}. Nothing like a little excitement to start the day!

From there, I wandered west and stumbled upon the glorious Passage du Grand Cerf and Galerie Viviene. These little corridors were filled with antique stores, art galleries, and adorable little bookstores. I made my way to Opera Garnier, first stopping at Le Grand Colbert {you may recognize it from the end of "Somethings Gotta Give"} for an AMAZING lunch. The Opera Garnier was stunning, over the top, very gold, and so French. I kept thinking I was going to suddenly hear the "Phantom of the Opera" soundtrack come bursting out of the theater at any moment.

I hadn't really spent any time in one of my favorite areas of Paris, the Left Bank, so I hopped on the metro to take a little detour to Saint Germain de Pres. I stopped at a fromagerie and boulagerie to pick up a few different cheeses and a baguette which I am very much looking forward to eating for dinner later tonight. I also made sure to save some time to stop by Diptyque and pick up my favorite candle to take home with me.
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Rue Montorgueil
Rue Montorgueil
Rue Montorgueil is an adorable little pedestrian street lined with amazing specialty food shops -- cheese, pastries, bakeries, butchers {even one with a dead rabbit lying in the front window...tres triste}.

Points of interest

Palais Garnier
Palais Garnier
Feel like you're French Royalty at the beautifully opulent Opéra Garnier!

Restaurants

Le Grand Colbert
Le Grand Colbert
The gorgeous French cafe where the last scene in the movie "Something's Gotta Give" was filmed. Go if you want traditional French food in a stunning brasserie.

Shopping

Galerie Vivienne
Galerie Vivienne
A bit off the beaten track but a must-see in Paris. Beautiful shops, a beautiful covered galerie, and quaint restaurants.

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